BURTON (WJRT) (11/21/2017) - A 33-year-old Davison man has died after a construction accident near the intersection of Belsay and Potter roads in Burton on Tuesday.
The area where construction crews installing a 42-inch water main for the Karegnondi Water Authority had an accident, leading to at least one person being submerged for several minutes.
Around 10:50 a.m., police, firefighters and the Genesee County Dive Team responded to the area, where construction crews are installing a new water main.
Genesee County Drain Commissioner Jeff Wright said the crew of more than a dozen workers from Ric-Man Construction was installing a new 42-inch water main for the Karegnondi Water Authority.
Burton police officials at the scene said the water main exploded or burst suddenly, causing a worker to become trapped about 8 to 9 feet under water. His coworkers used a long metal pole to probe the hole and help bring him to the surface.
Police say the man was under water for at least 20 minutes before getting rescued. He was unconscious and not breathing when he emerged from the water.
Rescue workers restored the victim's heartbeat with advanced life support techniques and rushed him to an area hospital, where he was initially listed in extremely critical condition Tuesday afternoon.
"Our heartfelt thoughts go out to the injured worker, his family and the whole Ric-Man Construction family," Wright said in a statement. "We hope the residents of Genesee County will keep them in their prayers."
The man was pronounced dead later Tuesday evening. His name has not been officially released, but more details are expected Wednesday.
Crews were still investigating what caused the water main to rupture. The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration was on the scene Tuesday afternoon assisting with the investigation.
"This is an existing water metering pit that did exist from the existing water line that was going to be tied into another line that was going to be tied into a third line," said Burton Police Chief Tom Osterholzer. "So until we get that thing pumped out and get down there and see what we have, we have no idea what broke."
Police expect the intersection of Belsay and Potter roads to remain closed for most of Tuesday afternoon.